2018-2019 North america COORDINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERs
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Chloe is a fourth year biology undergraduate student at Trinity Western University in Canada. She became involved with UAEM in 2014 and founded a chapter at Trinity Western University in 2015. She is the president of the Trinity Western University chapter. Her work with UAEM is focussed on antimicrobial resistance, developing the “Canadian University Global Health Impact Report Card,” and developing access to medicines curriculum on her university campus. She believes patent policy reform is the key to providing access to essential medicines, and hopes to work towards global change through advocacy and field work.
Navya is a third-year undergraduate student studying Global Health and English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work with UAEM focuses on transparency in global biomedical research and development, as well as domestic drug pricing and licensing practices, and she currently leads the new global campaign. At Penn, she is a Class of ‘18 World House Fellow and a Kelly Writers House recruit. She is also president of the MedX Program, an undergraduate club which focuses on promoting a holistic understanding of the healthcare sphere. She is interested in intellectual property law, global health governance, and health justice.
Louise is a first-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She has been involved in health advocacy for several years, initially working with AYUDA to develop and implement public health programs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with the 100 Campaign to advocate for insulin access worldwide, and within Alberta Health Services to develop improved public health programs for youth with diabetes. Louise is particularly interested in public health and IP policy, and the role of class-action law in improving access to medicines. She spends as much of her free time as possible in wild spaces: running, biking, skiing, hiking, and exploring.
Mehreen is a cancer scientist by training. She has graduate degrees from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) with a concentration in oncology and New York University (NYU) with a focus on Global Health Leadership. After meeting UAEM student leaders at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, she was inspired by their dedication and effective advocacy work and started a UAEM chapter at NYU.
Beginning next year Mehreen will be completing medical school. She is passionate about global health equity, affordable chemotherapy, polio eradication, the refugee crisis and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) especially mycetoma. She has extensive experience in disease surveillance, program implementation, NTDs and strategic planning from her on the field work with Doctors without Borders-South Africa, UNICEF and several NGOs in Sudan, South Africa, Pakistan and the U.S. She is currently leading a private global health consulting company in NY, which is presently developing a project with the World Bank.
Sernah Essien is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she lead the Black Student Union and completed her studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She became introduced to global health advocacy during the two years she spent with the Boston University chapter of Partners in Health Engage, where she built skills in bird-dogging and communicating with legislators. Since joining UAEM, she’s been an advocate for affordable medicines and equitable health care. Her interests include public health, critical race theory, and the intersections between the two. She will be pursuing a Masters in Medical Biotechnology as of Fall 2018.
Roojin Habibi recently completed her law degree (Juris Doctor) at the University of Ottawa, simultaneously earning a specialization in transnational law and human rights from the University of Geneva in 2018. She is a Research Fellow in Global Health Law at York University’s Global Strategy Lab (Canada) and an Education Consultant in Medicines Policy and Ethics at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health (Australia).
Throughout law school, Roojin advocated for human rights, focusing in particular on the rights of people living with or affected by HIV at NGOs in Canada and Namibia, and at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. She is currently a Candidate in the Law Society of Ontario’s Lawyer Licensing Process.
Roojin also defended her Masters of Science in Global Health at McMaster University in 2015. An independent researcher, she collaborates often on academic research projects at the intersection of health, human rights and international law.
John is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Duke University, majoring in chemistry. He has been part of UAEM since freshmen year in 2014 and finds the work incredibly engaging. His work with UAEM primarily focuses on developing a new version of the United States University Report Card. He is interested in student advocacy, biomedical research and development, and transparency in clinical trials.
Yasaman is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Toronto in Physiology. She first became involved with UAEM since 2015 as a part of the access committee at Western University Chapter while an undergraduate student, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Medical Science. Yasaman is now involved in the coordinating committee, and aims to implement mechanisms to minimize health disparities by empowering the community to advocate for UAEM strategies.
Jeniffer is a fourth year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI. Her interests include health disparities, access to healthcare and health policy. She completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Michigan where her thesis focused on reducing exposure to lead contaminated water in women of childbearing age during the Flint Water Crisis.
She is currently on the board of directors for the Student National Medical Association as the Health Policy and Legislative Committee Chair. In her position she has worked with various medical student organizations to advocate on many health related topics.
2018-2019 COORDINATING COMMITTEE FELLOWS
Varoon attended Queen’s University in Canada where he studied Neurobiology and Biochemistry and then pursued his Master’s at University of British Columbia in Computer Science. He has been involved with UAEM since founding the Queen’s chapter in 2012, and joining the Coordinating Committee in February of 2013. Varoon is primarily interested in the intersection of medical innovation and access licensing strategies in the context of global health, and is a part of the Report Card team for UAEM North America. He was the lead on our Canadian Report Card, released in Fall 2017.
Chloe is a recent graduate of McGill University with a BA in Economics and International Development. She co-founded the University of Melbourne chapter in 2016 and has since been involved in writing submissions, attending policy meetings, and planning access to medicines events in Canada. She is passionate about health economics and policy and hopes to one day work on public-private partnerships to improve access to medicines for all.
Gaëlle Groux is pursuing a JD/MA in both law and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. She first joined UAEM as a part of the the Western University Chapter while an undergraduate student at Western University in London, Ontario, where she completed a bachelor degree in political science and biology of the human body. She has actively advocated against the TPP and been a long-time member of Amnesty International. She also spent a year interning for the Global Strategy Lab where she studied international health policy, such as the WHO’s organizational structure and pandemic response. Her interests include studying intellectual property law and healthcare policy more generally.
Sophia is currently a law student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law focusing on health law and consumer protection. Her interests include the social determinants of healthcare access and pharmaceutical policy. Her past research at the University of Texas Health Science Center included “orphan” drug pricing and access. And her past advocacy work was in hepatitis C pricing and clinical trials as a student fellow at Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership and Treatment Action Group (TAG).
Her current campaign work at the non-profit Universities Allied for Essential Medicine and at Public Citizen includes intellectual property in international trade law and federal prescription drug pricing & competition policy.
OTHER NORTH AMERICA Student Leaders
NA Advocacy and Campaigns Intern
Victoria El-Hayek is a recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University where she received her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Bioethics with a focus in Medicine, Society, and Culture. She is currently working with UAEM North America as their Advocacy and Campaigns intern. She has done research for the last two years on castrate resistant prostate cancer and is starting a new research project on HIV intervention and prevention. She looks forward to pursuing her passion of global epidemiology in the future.
A Nepali national, Pratik grew up in Kathmandu. He entered the US in 2007, to pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at Central Michigan University (CMU), where he triple majored in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Mathematics. He is currently completing an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from CMU and is pursuing an interdisciplinary MPH at UC Berkeley. He wants to contribute in alleviating health disparities through socio-cultural and political advocacy, especially in low-and-middle-income countries, and among indigenous communities. In the past, Pratik has served UAEM’s North American Board, the Coordinating Committee and the (pilot) Global Governance Council (pGGC). Pratik believes in living a purposeful life, and is an alumnus and a group leader of ‘Hive Global Leaders Program’.
UAEM Australia Coordinator
Jennifer is a dental student at the University of Sydney and completed her MPH at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and recently graduated from UWO with a B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies. She helped found the UAEM chapter at UWO and was one of the leaders of the UAEM-WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Working Group in the past. Jennifer is particularly interested in neglected diseases, social determinants of health, and the role of health communications in alleviating health inequities. She is looking forward to helping launch the Australian UAEM Report Card this year!
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